Current Spider-Man scribe Dan Slott decides to expand upon the wall-crawler’s origins with a tale set within web-head’s first sixty days. Struggling to come to terms with his newfound powers and responsibilities, Peter Parker inadvertently inspires a young fan to take up action as New York’s newest superhero, The Clash. Will Spidey continue to inspire this new costumed crime fighter or will their egos.. clash?
Confession: I picked this up at the library a few weeks back thinking it was the first volume of Dan Slott’s Amazing Spider-Man reboot, so you can imagine my disappointment when I realized I didn’t look before I leaped and grabbed the wrong book. I was going to bring it back but thought, what the hell? I already have it. Might as well read it.
Outside of the cool throwback style artwork, there’s really no need for this thing to exist. I know that may sound mean, but I came away feeling like I gained nothing from reading it. I think the thing that annoyed me the most was keeping the style of the 60s but throwing in things like cellphone cameras, YouTube and other modern elements. It frustrated me and took me out of the story repeatedly. It was almost like it didn’t know what it wanted to be. Who knows? Maybe this won’t bother others as much as it did me.
I’ve loved what I had read of Slott’s Superior Spider-Man work so maybe this was just a weird, mediocre experiment. Now to go back to the library and get the right book!